walk, it was amazing. >> probably the most profound moment was when i stood up. these were emotions i had been dreaming about for so long. thank you. >> techknow, proud to tell your stories on al jazeera america. welcome to al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next half hour, iceland looks set to get a new prime minister, but protesters say it is not good enough. they want a new government. brazil is close to impeaching their president.
philippines presidential candidate who is vowing to take on a major super power there have been growing protests on the island of lesbos over an official agreement to deport refugees to turkey. the deal came into effect on monday with the aim of halting the influx of illegal refugees into europe. the refugees are not giving up on trying to make that dangerous journey across the aegean sea. in a moment we will hear from our correspondent outside a refugee detention center in lesbos. first, harry fawcett tells the story of those who risk their lives to seek asigh aluminium >> reporter: you hear-- asylum. >> reporter: you hear it, anxiety, desperation. so many children have drowned making this journey yet more still come, even if this is one of the rare life jacket that
actually floats, it's of no use to the tiny body inside. others make do with rubber tubes. even then not everybody is wearing them. these are iraqi families who probably paid hundreds of dollars a head for passage to the greek island of lesbos, but the boat is too small, even for the 40 or so packed into it. this is how families are separated in a moment. he can only call out, look after the woman. it has been a chaotic few minutes here on the west coast of turkey. the message is that these voyages are futile. these people will be sent back, but still they're desperate to go. a handful are left on the shore. we ask why they're risk all this when under the new rules they have little chance of getting further than a greek holding center before being sent back. >> translation: we were under oppression, living with bombs,
killing and kidnapping. greece doesn't want to accept us, turkey doesn't want to stay. where else should we go? should we just sink into the water? is it better to do that with our children? >> reporter: this time there was no sinking, death or safe passage. within a few minutes a coast guard patrol had intercepted them. it's a trade facilitated by men, a former free syrian army fighter he has been struggling people to greece for nearly a year. with business down sharply since the e.u.-you are turkey deal, agent like him are trying to convince customers that they still have a chance of making it into europe. >> translation: i still send them to greece because they have a choice to apply for the asylum program. if they have relatives in one of eight countries, they can be taken there. otherwise they will be sent to a country chosen for them. >> reporter: of course, such chances are slim. europe is trying to close the door. wednesday was supposed to see the first official bachelor of
syrians sent back from greece under terms of the controversial deal which see syrians in camps sent to europe, a one for one trade. the only arrivals are those who have been on the water a matter of hours. >> translation: we were going to greece to escape the war. we can't be here. they exploit us. >> reporter: what happens to them now is far from clear. still in the same country as those they left behind on the shore, but separated from them. the children play, a version of the morning on the beach. a life jacket whistle becomes a toy instead of a call for help the migrants and refugees were locked up in detention centers have been holding a protest asking not to be deported back to turkey. xhanting freedom, chanting "we
are not illegal about". they are worried that they will be sent back. there is a likelihood that that will happen. they're now applying for asylum, but if those claims are rejected, they will be sent back. this is a huge operational effort and greece requires assistance. the e.u. has sent more staff on greece's islands to try to speed up the asylum process. >> i know that a large amount of people which are here have expressed their willingness to apply for asylum. i need to emphasize here that this is not an automatic return system. so this will not be automatically sent to turkey: every case will be treated on its own merits. legislation in place permits that under conditions where there is the article related to the safe country and also there
is another article related to the first country of asylum, which means this person has been given protection in another state. so then it becomes obvious that this person can be safe and protected in another place. >> reporter: the e.u.-turkey deal came into practice on monday with the first deportati deportations, but there haven't been deportations since. not enough people have volunteered to return. another reason is that the e.u. needs to process the asylum requests and what we also understand is the e.u. is waiting for reassurances from turkey that the political commitments that they made are now being enforced more than 300 refugees have been rescued off the coast of italy. a vessel travelling from egypt found itself in precarious weather conditions. we have footage of this video was taken by the italian coast guard plane which was scrambled
to the location. two rescue patrol boats are escorting the men, women and children to italy. they were reportedly from syria, egypt and libya. one of the men involved in the bomb attacks in brussels last month worked as a cleaner at the european parliament. officials at the parliament say he had a month long summer jobs there in 2009 and then in 2010. they say the cleaning firm provided proof that he had no criminal record at the time. 32 people were killed in the attacks on the airport and a metro station. a new prime minister has been nominated in iceland after the country's leader resigned over his involvement in the panama papers scandal. the agricultural minister is taking over. protests continue in p on a third day demanding the formation of a completely new government. iceland's opposition party say they still want a snap general election. swiss police have raided the
headquarters of the european soccer body u.a.f.a. it was conducted after former general secretary was named in the panama papers. he was implicated in the selling of broadcast rights for the 2006 to 2009 champions lead. he is now the president of the soccer's governing body. he has responded to the allegations saying if my determination to restore football's reputation was already very strong, it is now even stronger. i welcome any investigation conducted into this matter iraq's army has temporarily suspended its operation to retake the city of mosul from i.s.i.l. fighters. the government says it is waiting for more forces to arrive. the military has only been able to seize a few villages in it's three-week offensive. >> reporter: the iraqi army has
been trying to advance in mosul. i.s.i.l.'s largest stronghold in iraq. after three weeks of the operation, it is on hold. soldiers have captured a few small villages. they're now waiting for the arrival of federal police and local tribal fighters to hold those villages before the army can push ahead. this is among concerns >> translation: we're finding strong resistance from suicide bombers, home-made bombs and tunnels hindering our advance. we will be going back with the aerial support of the coalition >> reporter: peshmerga forces are staying out of the operation so far. >> translation: peshmerga forces are only here on monitor, but the government forces haven't until now been able to retake the village of al-nusra which they entered and quickly
exited. if the battles continue like this, then taking mosul will take longer than was hoped. >> reporter: the mosul offensive is backed by nearly 200 u.s. marines in the u.s. is promising to set up more military outposts. the pentagon feels iraqi forces are on the right track >> we do ask coalition partners supporting them with power power and other enabling capabilities. we have seen steady process as the isf continues to recapture territory to include heat. >> reporter: as government releases videos of their gains, i.s.i.l. is also kich. they have this video showed destroyed iraqi military vehicles. the iraqi army has had more success in moving towards mosul from the southern province, but the counter terrorism force says the ongoings operation is one of
the toughest battles they've fought against i.s.i.l. iraqi forces are trying to take control of the town that is divide by the river. as troops moved in on the east, i.s.i.l. fighters are reported to have fled to the western parts. hundreds of families have been displaced by the latest fighting and that number is expecting to rise when iraqi forces resume their push towards mosul qatar's foreign ministry says an in member of the royal family and a member. the falcons who have been kidnapped have been freed. 26 people are still being held. the group had been on a hunting trip in december when gunmen raided their camp south east of baghdad. the region is popular with hunters from the gulf states. authorities have agreed to send a man accused of hijacking an egypt air flight back to egypt. he held the plane after it took off from alexandria last week
and demanded it to be taken to say prus. his motive was an attempt to reunite with his wife and children in cyprus. brazilian president dilma rousseff may be one step closer to being impeached. it is said that the case against her is legally admissible. the lower house of congress is set to vote on her removal on april 18. more from our correspondent. >> reporter: for many in brazil, wednesday's events have moved closer to the possibility of being impeached. the spokesperson of the special committee in congress that is carrying out investigation on this whole process has said that there is enough evidence that an impeachable crime has been committed, but that it is to go to the senate for a vote to carry out the process.
the member of the opposition are saying that this is a conversation that he has given could be tainted by his own opinion about the government. the document will be presented on the coming monday and if it passes that debate, it moves to a full house vote and if that happens, it is going towards the senate and that's when the impeachment process begins and that's when dilma rousseff could be suspended from her position. the situation is complicated because a judge from the supreme court is saying that the vice president should also be impeached for the same crime that dilma rousseff is. so that's how complicated the situation is in brazil. there is recession and economic crisis. dilma rousseff has lost key political allies. so many are saying that her chances are being im-- of being impeached are increasing every day still ahead, we look at the fragile ceasefire in the disputed region of
the presidential race in the u.s. took another twist on tuesday with the victories in wisconsin for bernie sanders and ted cruz. our correspondent takes a look at what's next. >> reporter: this was not supposed to happen. the most unlikely candidate donald trump far away leading in the race for the republican presidential nomination. >> what a bunch of babies. are we babies? hello over there >> reporter: his style rambling offensive >> i don't give a bleep bleep. >> reporter: his policies provocative >> i would build a great wall and nobody builds them better than me >> reporter: every time he
offended a person or group it seemed to help but not hurt him. that may no longer be the case as he lost to cruz in wisconsin >> what we saw is republicans come together and unite. >> we're going to make america great again >> reporter: he could still win the nomination, but he has to win big in the next contest, his home state new york. as for the democrats >> but i love those come from behind victories >> reporter: hillary clinton was talking about a basketball. she wouldn't celebrate that in her race for the democratic nomination >> one wild election year this has been. we're looking forward to an exciting and successful primary here. >> reporter: her opponent bernie sanders has beaten her in seven of the last eight contests. >> it is so great to be in new york >> reporter: next up new york. that will be a pivotal moment. both have a connection to the
state. bernie sanders was born and raised there and hillary clinton was a senator there >> he would get a lot of delegates out of that state, but there's not a lot of indication from previous results that he will be able to win the states that he won wisconsin >> reporter: most political analysts believe clinton will eventually be the democratic nominee. they're split on whether donald trump will get the republican nomination. all agree what will happen if he does >> i think the chances of trump becoming president is higher than zero, but not much higher >> reporter: that's why there is money being poured into stopping him in the race fragile ceasefire is in clays in nagorno-karabakh-- place in nagorno-karabakh. this we are saw the most intense fighting in 20 years. a report on the aftermath of four days of escalated conflict
is reported on. >> reporter: the road into the last armenian controlled village in nagorno-karabakh is littered with the signs of war. military and civilian. this man who didn't want to be named said rockets and shells started raining down on saturday on his home. when the fighting started, the family managed to escape before their house was destroyed. this is where the children slept. families on both sides of the front lines are, armenian and azerbaijan have had for years to endure shoot outs, but it was never as bad as this. the technology of war has changed too. azerbaijan drone struck this van with a rocket. it's driver says his brother had a miraculous escape. >> translation: over there is where the bomb hit. over here is where the car ended up. >> reporter: this man is another survivor, but the 80-year-old doesn't consider himself lucky.
he says his home has been hit twice now. back in the war in the 1990s and this past weekend. the beguns point in the direction of azerbaijan. while we were there they were silent. nagorno-karabakh forces are, we are told, under orders to halt fire. for some of those who live here, waiting for the ceasefire to hold is not an option. it simply doesn't feel safe for them any more a major change to british immigration rules has now come into effect. workers from outside the e.u. have been living in the country for less than 10 years will need to earn at least 35,000 pound a year to be allowed to settle permanently. the government says the measure will protect british jobs. >> reporter: in a pub just over the road from downing street, a party that is also a protest. against new immigration rules
that many make it much harder for many non-europeans to stay in this country. rules which they say are not only cruel, but ilconceived. this lady has a first class degree from the prestigious royal academy of music. she has also founded a therapeutic program for refugees children. so a valuable member of society, but it's not easy to make a living playing the flute. under the new rules, she, who is american, will soon have to leave the u.k. >> this is my home. i shouldn't be forced to leave my own home, especially when i work so hard for it daily. the big problem of this visa legislation and changing the rules is that it's not valuing anything but income, which doesn't accurately represent the person's value within the society anyway. >> reporter: the british government says it's taking this measure because some businesses
use the easy option of employing people from overseas rather than training up british workers. it says these reforms won't exclude skilled migrants but help british people get jobs with skills. imgralgs has become a political embarrassment for britain's governing discovery tifb party-- conservative party. it has promised to reduce people coming to this country. net migration to the u.k. last year study at more than 320,000. that's almost a record high. the government argues that this puts strain on britain's schools, hospitals and housing, and it's under pressure to bring the numbers of migrants down. >> reporter: the opponents of the new rule say it will hurt vital parts of the british economy. this lady also american is trying to drum up public support for people threatened with expulsion from britain. >> we're here, charity workers,
teachers, educators, on the nhs doing other jobs, carers, entrepreneurs, even students who are coming in the future and wanted to settle here wouldn't be allowed to unless they made 35 k >> reporter: either the official sta advertisicss show that the rules will cost britain money and many have only a modest impact on migration figures. there's no indication that the government is prepared to back down. soon some of these people will be backing their bags and their departure will be britain's loss the russian president has formally requested the creation of a special army of elite forces which answers directly to him. the russian national guard would be made up of at least 350,000 troops. they will be from the interior ministry and led by vladimir putin's former body guard. a presidential candidate in the philippines is vowing to take on
beijing over the disputed south china sea. our correspondent reports from daval on how the city's mayor has made the issue the central part of his campaign. >> reporter: this man has never been known to play nice. the 71-year-old mayor who loves his big bikes is know tour yous for alleging using death squads to take out criminals in his city-- know tour yous -- notorious. he is vowing to take on one of the world's super powers. china. >> translation: >> listen to this very carefully. i will send to china alone, i will bring a flag of the philippines and walk to the
airport and plant the flag. you want to blow my brain to bits? do it. i would be happy to go with a bomb. >> reporter: china and the philippines have been at heavy odds over who owns this string of islands in the south china sea. >> it is our island. it has always been our island. >> reporter: if elected president, he says he will first try to negotiate with the asian rival. if talks breakdown, he vows to reclaim the islands himself >> i will not sacrifice the lives of the soldiers. i would rather grow down and take they waste me if they want. >> he is the most outrageous, the most colorful and most interesting character in this upcoming presidential elections. >> reporter: political watchers warn that such talk will only escalate tensions were china >> we like to compare him to
trump of the u.s. because he likes to shock with his statements, he can be very >> translation: rreverant and very reckless >> reporter: reckless, perhaps, but for a mayor who has never run for a seat, he has amassed a huge following. his tough pledge of getting rid of crime and corruption and making the philippines a strong nation resonates. >> reporter: what do you think of him? >> he is a good city mayor. he performs well, acts well. he does the action and does the talking. >> reporter: filipinos may love his get-tough approach, but if elected, it would likely guarantee stormy waters ahead on the international front you can catch beguns, goons and the presidency at this time on 101 east. country music ledged has passed
away at the age of 79. his music celebrated working class america. >> reporter: [ ♪ ] >> reporter: a classic from a true country ledged. he was a poet for the common man and for that he was extraordinary. 38 number one hits and millions of fans that span episode genres and generations >> i had to have something to say. i had to have something to sing and i had to have something to identify in music to tell people who were listening to me who i was >> reporter: he had something to say, especially about his years of poverty and stints in prison.
he and his family lived in a box car. [ ♪ ] >> reporter: he left school only to find trouble, with a growing wrap sheet. it was a concert by johnny cash in 1958 that put him on a path to music. after his release he started playing in bands, writing and recording. he helped create the bakersfield sound which changed country and western music forever. at the height of the vietnam war, he released this. >> we don't burn our draft cards down on main street. we like to live in being free >> reporter: okie from the skogie was his response to the anti war protests. he was known as the outlaw, but his music was always honest.
among the tributes, one from willy nelson is. >> i'm "ali velshi on target" tonight, america's new cold war with russia. i take you to the frozen north where america's allies are lacked in a huge standoff over deposits of oil and gas. i'll give you a firsthand look at how arctic melting has fueled old tensions between enemies. all week long al jazeera america is showcasing a selection of your stories. they are some of the most important news events we've